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Published: Thursday, July 25 2013 4:30 p.m. MDT

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JSB
Sugar City, ID

If Romney had won we would have had a competent, smart and moral leader. International leaders would have new respect for the USA. He wouldn't be complicating racial problems by speaking out on the Martin/Zimmerman case. Business would have greater confidence in the government. He would lead instead of blame. And he would be able to work with both parties. Obamacare would be dead. Instead, we reelected an out of touch charismatic, cowardly, golfing narcissist.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

It's tough for an honest man like Mr. Romney to make it in politics. We have had a 0.9% growth per year in the past 4 years. This is stagnation. Regulations, tax obfuscation, and stratospheric debt serious oncoming problems with entitlements would have been correctly treated by Romney. Obama can't or won't help us.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Gasoline would now be $2.00 a gallon, and the economy would be improving.

People would not be appreciating the difference with Romney. IMO, a society must experience massive trials, and depression periodically to renew the understanding, and goodness of liberty.

It's like being really thirsty. You realize the importance of water.

merich39
Salt Lake City, UT

Well, Mitt planned to push for elimination of all capital gains taxes. Most of his own income is from capital gains. So if successful, his taxes would have gone away completely. And my taxes on my actual W2 income would have had to go up to make up the difference. That's one difference between Romney and Obama that comes immediately to mind.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"Gasoline would now be $2.00 a gallon," and Texas' economy would be in shambles.

Be really careful what you ask for. $2 a gallon gas would effectively kill exploration in North America. That pipeline.... would surely never see the light of day.... because the capital to build it.. would not have been there.

I was really hoping that there was more detail here. It would have been really interesting to see what these 20 days of rapid fire change would have been. Its too bad.... it might have been good stuff.... but for what ever reason these great ideas still aren't being shared.

If Romney has the secret sauce, lets see it.....

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

merich39; the person that fills out that W2 for you would probably be in a better position to offer you some benefits if his taxes weren't quite so high. maybe he would use the reduction in his capital gains tax to increase the number of employees and improve their benefits. maybe if more people were paying taxes, then your share wouldn't be so big, and the amount might even go down. Did that even come to mind at all?

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

This fantasizing about a Romney presidency is bizarre.

Please you guys, live in the real world. There's real and urgent work to be done here.

Or, you can go on dreaming of what color the unicorns would be on the Romney Whitehouse lawn.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@What in Tucket?
"It's tough for an honest man like Mr. Romney"

That's funny.

@worf
"Gasoline would now be $2.00 a gallon"

No it wouldn't, it'd be around where it is now. Oil is a global commodity and the President really has way less influence on it than you think.

@JSB
"International leaders would have new respect for the USA"

Based on what? Heck if Republicans took the senate I think we'd be at war with Iran by now. You do realize international relations were in shambles after the Bush team got through with it, right? (And that Romney had many top Bush team guys as his foreign policy advisors).

@Shimlau
" maybe he would use the reduction in his capital gains tax to increase the number of employees and improve their benefits. "

Businesses are currently sitting on record setting profits rather than investing it... plus your plan involves larger deficits than Obama's.

Maudine
SLC, UT

Really? Another Romney story? And no more information in this one than we have ever gotten about him or exactly what he would have done.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

it is impossible for obama groupies to understand that he is the worst president in US history. unfortunately, it will be almost impossiblre to recover economically and spiritually when he leaves office. takers got what they wanted........a disaster.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

The only people who still say Romney would have been worse for the country are the people who now see that Obama is not, and never was, Presidential material, but just can't come to admit it yet. One day you will. Otherwise, enjoy your coolaid.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Ute,

The recovery is happening, or have you not been paying attention to the DJIA and record-breaking corporate profits?

Unemployment is below what it was when Obama took office.

Again, please bring your arguments back to the real world.

The Reader
Layton, UT

It is useless to speculate about a Romney Presidency.

It is easy to speculate how much better off the country would be IF the Republicans had not done everything in their power to make sure Obama was only a one term president.

If the republicans even now would try to do what is right for the country instead of what is right for their idioligy. The T Party is truely the American Taliban.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I preface this comment that I have been accused of being both liberal and conservative on these blogs. I am neither but try to be fair minded.

I have to judge Romney by his past and overall he has been competent whether it was heading the Olympics, business or as governor. Not perfect but competent. With the President, well there is little to judge. He was a community organizer and then had a very small time in actual elected politics, none in the Executive Branch. I think we are paying the price for this experience. Romney has a thicker skin so to speak and deals much better with disagreement and criticism while the President takes things personal to his detriment.

However, Romney would still have to deal with gridlock. While I think he has a better a skill set to deal with that, there is no guarantee that he wouldn't be as impotent as the President is now with moving his agenda forward. That is the nature of politics. While I think Romney has better skills to work with the other party, there is still no guarantee that he could still move things forward.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@ute alumni
"it is impossible for obama groupies to understand that he is the worst president in US history."

His worst jobs month was Jan 2009, the month he was only in office the last bit of it. Bin Laden is dead, the Iraq war is over. I can understand you not thinking he's all that good since well, you probably don't support a lot of the things I do like Obamacare, but to think he's the worst president in history is delusional. Oh and, by the way, I do not consider George W. Bush to be the worst. I give that honor to Buchanan.

ThornBirds
St.George, Utah

Oh, my, here we go again.
People are literally living in a dream world. How can otherwise, probably, intelligent people keep this up week after week?
They really think Romney and Obama, absolutely, can control everything!
This feels like some kind peculiar historical fiction that will be available in about 25 years.

worf
Mcallen, TX

"Oil is a global commodity"? Gas in Europe are around $4.00 per gallon more than here with oil going less distance. Taxes on gasoline are controlled by government, and does effect price.

" $2 a gallon gas would effectively kill exploration in North America. That pipeline.... would surely never see the light of day.... because the capital to build it.. would not have been there." --The capital would increase if taxes were not taken for redistribution--taxes are higher than oil profits.

We're being scammed.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

If Romney were President?? Ah yes two dollar a gallon gas, world leaders bowing at our feet, no Obamacare and still everyone has health care, and yes a unicorn on everyone's front lawn and a rainbow in their backyard.

Obama the worst President in American history? Seriously when the President before over saw the first attack on American soil, led us into a preemptive war that skyrocketed our debt and killed hundreds of thousands of people including ten thousand Americans. Then over saw the worst recession in 70 years where we were losing 250,000 jobs a month. I'm not even saying he's the worst President I'm just saying Obama hasn't done anything even close to being as terrible as this President.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

There were plenty of Presidents worse than Obama. I too rate Buchanan the worst but right up there is Harding, Grant, Pierce, Carter, W. Van Buren, Andrew Johnson, LBJ, Nixon, probably some others I missed. I rate President Obama quite low because he has generally failed in many of his goals and to work effectively with Congress. Some of his appointments have been far from stellar. He is no Truman as far as taking blame for shortcomings. Still, to be fair, his term is not over and perhaps things could change but I'm not really seeing this on the horizon. His biggest "achievement" is the Affordable Care Act which might be a disaster.

I think the problem we are running into as a nation is Congress, deeply divided and representing the fringes of each party making compromise more difficult. The President also seems untractable in his positions, therefore nothing substantial to help the country moves forward and bigger problems to use a cliche get kicked down the road.

Unless the dynamics change, tough times are ahead.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

If Romney had won then blessings, even rich blessings would be in store for America!

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